Accolades

Dave Brienza Recognized for Pressure Ulcer Care

Dave Brienza, associate dean of research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, received the National Pressure Ulcer Advisor Panel’s Kosiak Award for his significant contributions to the prevention and/or management of pressure injuries. Brienza, a leader in the wound care provider community, received the award at NPUAP's 2017 Biennial Conference in New Orleans.

Pitt-Bradford Recognizes Faculty Members for Years of Service

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Kim Coley

Pitt Pharmacy's Kim Coley Named Chair of Editorial Board

Pharmacy faculty member Kim Coley was appointed as chair of the editorial board for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Pennsylvania Pharmacist publication.

The Pennsylvania Pharmacist is a peer-reviewed publication that includes feature articles; legislative, legal and regulatory information; industry trends; association information; and peer-reviewed articles on pertinent pharmacy subjects.

Coley is a faculty member in the pharmacy and therapeutics department.


Donna Huryn

Donna Huryn Awarded Fellowship at University of Bologna

Pharmacy faculty member Donna Huryn has been awarded a senior visiting fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna. She will be spending July in residence at the university in order to  collaborate with researchers in pharmacy and biotechnology.


Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly Selected 2016 Outstanding Reviewer

Education faculty member Sean Kelly has been chosen as a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Kelly will be honored at the AERA journal publications committee reception April 28, during AERA’s annual meeting.


Mike Drazdzinski

Pitt Photographer Honored for Sports Photo

Mike Drazdzinski, a digital image specialist/photographer in the University Center for Teaching and Learning, was a winner for the second year in a row in the annual International Color Awards. His Pitt basketball image, “Jumpmen,” received an honorable mention in the sport category.

Winners were selected from 6,178 entries from 75 countries. Entries are posted at the International Color Awards' website.


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2017 Carnegie Science Awards Honorees

Seven Pitt faculty members are among the 2017 Carnegie Science Awards honorees:

  • Kevin P. Chen, the Paul E. Lego Professor in Electrical Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the winner in the Innovation in Energy category.
  • Alex Jones, faculty member in the Swanson school’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the computer engineering program, is the winner in the Innovation in Technology category.
  • John Kellum, faculty member and vice chair for research in the School of Medicine’s Department of Critical Care Medicine, director of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology and director of the Center for Assistance in Research Using eRecord, is the winner in the Life Sciences category.
  • Chandralekha Singh, faculty member in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center, is the winner in the University/Post Secondary Educator category.
  • Kara Bernstein, faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, received an honorable mention in the Emerging Female Scientist category.
  • Emily Elliott, faculty member in the Dietrich School’s Department of Geology and Environmental Science, received an honorable mention in the Environmental category.
  • Peyman Givi, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the James T. MacLeod Professor and co-director of the PhD program in computational modeling and simulation in the Swanson school’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, received an honorable mention in the University/Post-Secondary Educator category.

Carnegie Science Center established the awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Winners will be honored May 12 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.


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Pitt Professors Awarded for Groundbreaking Research Discoveries

Pitt School of Medicine professors Yuan Chang and Patrick S. Moore will receive the 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, one of medicine’s most prestigious prizes. The award is given annually to medical researchers who have made significant contributions in the fields of immunology, cancer research, microbiology, and chemotherapy.

The duo’s lab, currently located within the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is credited with discovering two of the seven known human viruses that directly cause cancer. Chang and Moore discovered the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus, or human herpesvirus 8 (KSHV/HHV8) in 1994. The virus causes Kaposi's sarcoma, the most common AIDS-related malignancy and one of the most frequently occurring cancers in Africa. Prior to this discovery, medical researchers had worked for nearly 15 years to find an infectious agent associated with Kaposi's sarcoma. The pair also identified Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV)—the cause of Merkel cell carcinoma, one of the world's most clinically aggressive skin cancers—in 2008.

The two have been widely recognized for their work, which has garnered some of the highest national and international honors in medicine, infectious disease and cancer. 


Kenyon R. Bonner

Kenyon Bonner Honored by Alma Mater for Leadership

Washington & Jefferson College will honor alumnus Kenyon R. Bonner, vice provost and dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh, with its 2017 Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award for Innovative Leadership. The award, named for an economics professor at W&J, recognizes outstanding alumni and students who attain a high level of achievement and exemplify spirit and leadership qualities.


Jean Truman

Jean Truman Named Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Pitt-Bradford

Jean Truman will become assistant dean of academic affairs at Pitt-Bradford at the end of the spring term. A faculty member in nursing, Truman is coordinator of the Associate of Science in Nursing program and teaches in the RN-BSN program.

In her new role, she will focus on academic assessment efforts while continuing to teach in the nursing program.

Truman holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Case Western and received the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.


Debora Miller

Debora Miller Honored by American Physical Therapy Association for Leadership

The Section on Health Policy and Administration of the American Physical Therapy Association has given Debora L. Miller its LAMPLighter Award for Leadership.

Miller is vice dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, vice chair of compliance and administration and a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy.


Rory Cooper

SHRS Names Rory Cooper Associate Dean for Inclusion

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences recently appointed Rory Cooper as its associate dean for inclusion. Cooper, distinguished professor and FISA/Paralyzed Veterans of America chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, also is director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories.

SHRS Dean Anthony Delitto said: “Dr. Cooper is a most appropriate choice to fill the role of associate dean for inclusion in our school. He has a personal and professional understanding of and appreciation for the needs of people with disabilities and has worked tirelessly to improve access to services, education, housing and transportation and is a strong, visible advocate for the disabilities community.”

Cooper has 20 patents awarded or pending, has authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal publications, and has co-authored two books and co-edited three others including "Care of the Combat Amputee."


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Pitt's John Wallace and Hashaam Jamil Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards

School of Social Work faculty member John Wallace and Pitt junior psychology and sociology major Hashaam Jamil were among the awardees in Coro Pittsburgh’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize those who have honored King’s legacy by demonstrating an inclusive approach to leadership.

Wallace received the Distinguished Individual Leadership Award and Jamil received the Distinguished Emerging Leadership Award in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the DoubleTree in Downtown Pittsburgh.


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Misti McKeehen, Kristen Maser Michaels Recognized for Community Activism

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Pamela Smithburger

Pamela Smithburger to Liaise on National Health Care Measurement Issues

Pharmacy’s Pamela Smithburger has been appointed liaison between the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the National Quality Forum (NQF). NQF serves as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress for recommendations on health care measurement issues.

Smithburger is a faculty member in the pharmacy and therapeutics department.


Richard Henker

Richard Henker Recognized for Contributions to International Education in Nursing

In recognition of his academic and professional contributions to furthering international education in the field of nursing, School of Nursing faculty member Richard Henker will be awarded the 2016-17 Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement next month.

Henker has devoted his career to the promotion of best practices for nurse anesthetists, both in the U.S. and overseas, providing academic and technical assistance to universities and governments around the world. He is experienced in the study of risk factors in pre- and post-operative situations as well as an expert in team performance. Henker has established a series of academic exchanges and professional activities to promote nurse anesthesia in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Henker’s research focuses on risk factors for the development of opioid-induced side effects in postoperative patients, with specific interest in genotypes that affect postoperative pain responses, development of persistent postoperative pain, opioid induced respiratory depression, opioid induced sedation and postoperative side effects.  His research also includes the evaluation of simulation teaching methods including team performance, and temperature measurement during the perioperative period.

The Sheth International Awards are a result of a gift from alumnus Jagdish N. and Madhuri Sheth. The awards are administered by the University Center for International Studies.


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Daniel Lambrecht Receives Cottrell Scholar Award

Chemistry faculty member Daniel Lambrecht has been selected to receive a Research Corporation for Science Advancement 2017 Cottrell Scholar Award based on his proposal entitled “Bridging Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Intuition to Characterize, Understand and Design New Chemical Sensor Materials.”


Katrina Loutzenhiser

Katrina Loutzenhiser Honored by Blackboard Inc.

Katrina Loutzenhiser, technology and media services director in the School of Education, has received Blackboard Inc.’s Exemplary Course Program Award. The award recognizes higher education officials who have best emphasized learning and technology through the design of engaging and innovative courses. Loutzenhiser was recognized for “Introduction to Online Instruction,” a three-week class that taught best practices and strategies for teaching online coursework.

Loutzenhiser oversees a team that manages the School of Education’s servers, web presence, help desk, data analysis and online education efforts.


Raman Venkataramanan

Raman Venkataramanan Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

School of Pharmacy faculty member Raman Venkataramanan received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAiPS). Venkataramanan, of pharmaceutical sciences, was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field.

AAiPS’s mission is to provide a forum for discussion, continuing education and the exchange of ideas on advances in pharmaceutical science and technology.


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Maureen Kendall Joins Pitt HR as Director of Compensation

Maureen Kendall has joined the Office of Human Resources as director of compensation.

Kendall has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance and health care industries. She most recently was director of compensation for Highmark where she provided leadership, design and administrative oversight for a number of their compensation plans.

At Pitt, she will not only play a role in the day-to-day operations of the compensation department, but also will be key in designing and deploying University-wide initiatives.